I am usually wary of statistics about prostitution and sex trafficking because organized crime and clandestine behaviour are difficult to measure. But I recently came across this Online Schools infographic (below) about prostitution and couldn’t help but share it with you. The sources, some more reliable than others, are listed on the bottom.
I personally don’t like the language that is used. 40 million prostitutes at work implies that 40 million women and girls chose their profession, while in reality most want out but have no exit strategy. I am also disturbed that the majority of people arrested for solicitation are women, while johns create the demand.
What do you think about these statistics? Are you surprised by any of them? Are there any you find hard to believe?
Side note: Tara Teng, a passionate abolitionist and advocate for victims of trafficking, just won the title of Miss Canada this weekend! Check out my recent interview with Tara to see why her accomplishment is so good for the vulnerable around the world.